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by lucienrau
Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:24 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5750 Vapor-X review
Replies: 5
Views: 1935

I just got this card for a new build. The noise isn't bad, not that great either. The fan running at 40% (default) is more or less equivalent to an stock fan running at medium (slightly louder than a nexus at full speed) or a 7200 hard drive. Noticeable but not terrible. That said, it's the loudest ...
by lucienrau
Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell G2410 -> any owners out there?
Replies: 36
Views: 13862

I just bought one thru the small business site for $239 to go with my new system. It came to $255 with tax and free shipping. This seems to change every few days recently.
by lucienrau
Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is 400W PSU enaugh for my new i5 750 system?
Replies: 2
Views: 1040

Re: Is 400W PSU enaugh for my new i5 750 system?

It should be fine. I've been looking at building almost the exactly same system (the MSI m-atx board & 2 hd as the only differences.) The 5750 pulls about 14W Idle 85W full load. from the SPCR Review of the I5 you're looking at about 108W max on the i5 so your system draw at peak load is going to be...
by lucienrau
Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need M-atx system advice
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Need M-atx system advice

My old socket 939 board finally gave up the ghost this summer so I replaced it with a 775 Core 2 Duo board. It's a m-atx system built for light gaming. No problem. Have housed everything in a Coolermaster 541 for a few years now and love the case. No big deal, I was going to keep everything as it is...
by lucienrau
Thu May 03, 2007 6:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your carbon footprint?
Replies: 16
Views: 5956

Thanks for the link. It's pretty interesting.
by lucienrau
Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: patenting your cases and/or mods...
Replies: 15
Views: 4126

Re: patenting your cases and/or mods...

do you guys ever think that companies might just come through our gallery section and steal our ideas? Well, that's how case lighting, drive suspension products, built in windows, LED screens, rounded cables, watercooling and quite a few other things came into the mainstream. It's not terribly unus...
by lucienrau
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is it hard...
Replies: 3
Views: 2361

Yes. It's also easy to put them back in. Most computer rivets are 1/8" so all you need is a drill and a 1/8" bit. I had more of an issue getting the spare parts of the rivet off of the bit than drilling anything out (pliers or vise-grips are helpful.) If you don't want/can't replace them with screws...
by lucienrau
Thu May 11, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: looking for guide/how to/or general advice on dampening
Replies: 12
Views: 3331

The best you can expect out of dampening is a marginal improvement. Brown Bread/Dynamat/Roofers Tape is good for dampening in an aluminum or thin steel case. It basically gives you the same effect as having bought a thick steel case to begin with. I had dynamat in a Lian-Li PC60 and then moved to an...
by lucienrau
Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yet another uATX (or m-ATX) case thread - a non HTPC list
Replies: 27
Views: 12049

I'm using the 541 and haven't found anything to be wobbly. If you were looking at a display model, those get beat up pretty quickly. I would have never bought an Antec case judging by the shape the display models at MicroCenter are in, however a new one just out of the package is something different...
by lucienrau
Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yet another uATX (or m-ATX) case thread - a non HTPC list
Replies: 27
Views: 12049

The case can be made quiet and it is a decent base for a smaller system. I'll see what I can do about pictures but here are my system specs: AMD 64-3200 Venice core XP-120 with Nexus 120mm fan @5V 4X 512 PC 3200 DDR Ram MSI RS480M2-IL Socket 939 2x Panaflo L1A soft mounted with EAR grommets, control...
by lucienrau
Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yet another uATX (or m-ATX) case thread - a non HTPC list
Replies: 27
Views: 12049

My solution is to suspend the drives between the cage at the bottom and the 3.5 slots, both to get them into the airflow and to provide some further quieting.
by lucienrau
Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yet another uATX (or m-ATX) case thread - a non HTPC list
Replies: 27
Views: 12049

I have the CM and it seems like there would be about 1-1.5 cm clearance with the bare Ninja. I don't have a Ninja to test it out on though (my XP-120 is doing just fine.) I've been meaning to rebuild my system to duct the exhaust out, but haven't managed to get around to it. Decent cable routing is ...
by lucienrau
Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

There was no problem at all mounting the EAR grommets. The outside just abuts but there was no re-drilling required.

I have had no issues with the motherboard mouting. The only issue I had with the case at all is that the foam they use for filtering is a bit too closed but it is easy to remove.
by lucienrau
Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Press release for new Antec P150 case.
Replies: 70
Views: 41794

Ouch. I was kicking myself for already having built my new system when this case showed up. With a price like that, I'm not kicking anymore. :?
by lucienrau
Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap and simple 120mm duct.
Replies: 11
Views: 3827

Great tip. It's one of those things that make you go DOH because it's smart and simple at the same time. I've been using cds for a template for 120mm fans for years but I've never put 2&2 together. I think the 100 cd ones would be perfect for most situations as you can cut an angle on both ends and ...
by lucienrau
Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: temps - some explaination please
Replies: 2
Views: 1690

I just checked the MSI forums and the temp reading is incorrect. Try putting your PC into sleep mode then come back out. This should correct both your CPU temp and the Remote 2 temp.

Can a moderator move this to the correct forum?
by lucienrau
Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: temps - some explaination please
Replies: 2
Views: 1690

I'm not sure. I have the same motherboard and the same issue. If I turn off the CPU fan and just go from the case fans, it goes up to 118C. Other than that it hangs out at 113 load or not. I'm guessing it may be the northbridge temp. I've been debating taking the heatsink off and replacing it with t...
by lucienrau
Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

It should fit, barely. There is 16.5cm of clearance from the mobo to the edge of the case.
by lucienrau
Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A good MATX case
Replies: 18
Views: 6090

You may want to try the enermax PSU before you switch as they're a pretty reputable brand. The Seasonic is pretty quiet but you may want a fan swap to a Nexus or something as well. I know that I build with what I've got and work on what I'm not satisfied with in any new system. Having used several o...
by lucienrau
Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:59 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A good MATX case
Replies: 18
Views: 6090

There was one silverstone floating around for a while there, but I think it's off the market now. I got one and it had issues (it's my future HTTPC case). I was looking at the Enermax before I bought the Coolermaster and I got hung up on the PSU. In looking at it now, it's a standard m-atx PSU so yo...
by lucienrau
Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A good MATX case
Replies: 18
Views: 6090

Probably a little over optimistic. But as I said before, it all depends on what you put in there. There are side mounted drive cases that take 80mm fans but you will need to be very very careful about the system you put in there. If you have onboard video and an undervolted cpu most smaller cases ar...
by lucienrau
Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A good MATX case
Replies: 18
Views: 6090

It is relatively big (still small compared to an ATX case). I chose to sacrifice a bit on the size for airflow (it has dual 80mm exhaust and a 120mm intake). My personal issues with the vertical drives are: 1. The small width usually only allows for 60mm fans which are loud no matter how much you sl...
by lucienrau
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A good MATX case
Replies: 18
Views: 6090

You might also want to check out the coolermaster 540-541.

I've had quite a few micro atx cases and this is the only one I've really liked.

http://www.coolermaster.com/index.php?L ... 0ATX%20540
by lucienrau
Thu Sep 08, 2005 6:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

I'll check tonight but it'll be very very close if it does.
by lucienrau
Thu Sep 08, 2005 5:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

Winguy, The case is very narrow (just over 18cm). So once you consider you're working with the internal dimension, motherboard +standoffs I doubt that anything more than 10cm would fit very comfortably.
by lucienrau
Sun Aug 21, 2005 4:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

As far as pics go, I lost my camera when I moved so I can't take pictures. I'll post some when I can. I got the case from Newegg. There is a BTX version of the case coming out, but the one they're selling is the m-ATX version. I was worried too but I checked the pictures and product numbers before I...
by lucienrau
Sat Aug 20, 2005 8:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

I just finished the system today and I like it alot. I have the m-axt version. I haven't done much thorough testing, but it's well built (unike quite a few m-axt cases). It's definitely solid. All the edges are rolled so I only had one scraped finger (a big deal for me since I have large hands and h...
by lucienrau
Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:38 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35575

Just for anyone who was following this thread. I received a Centurion 541 in the mail yesterday and will be building a system in it over the next few days. Just let me know if you have any specific questions that I can answer.
by lucienrau
Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Favorite motherboard vendor?
Replies: 38
Views: 13115

I've had decent luck with Asus, MSI, and Giga-byte. Will not buy another foxconn or Biostar board again.
by lucienrau
Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why has this happened to my poor PSU??!!
Replies: 26
Views: 9097

Don't feel bad, most of us have done something silly to our systems at one time or another. I'd much rather it be the mobo than the chip. In my time building personal systems (just for me & friends & family), I've burnt out 1 chip, cracked 2 (early Athlons were a complete pain to mount the heatsink ...